An Update on Your Nominations

We now have just one week left until the 2018 nominations closes for good! And we really mean it this time!

It is a pleasure to come into the office each morning to read the inspiring stories and projects that you are sending to us for this year’s call. We have received nominations from all over the globe, with applications from Azerbaijan to Iran and from Luxembourg to Togo. We have been reading about accessible fitness in the Ukraine, accessibility audits in the Philippines and accessible buildings in Somalia. We have read about improving tourist access in Japan and accessible shopping in Australia. We have read about small village community entrepreneurs improving the lives of their neighbours from the ground up, and large corporate projects, creating sweeping policy changes from the top-down.

And they keep on coming!

Make sure you do not miss the chance to be in the mix for the 2018 awards. Both the smallest and largest organisations can be equally innovative, so we equally want to hear from everyone!

Deadline closes on 4th July. Visit the Nomination Site to sign up and begin your application.

Good luck!

Nomination Deadline Extended!

How could we possibly close the nominations process when there’s so much great energy still out there!

We have decided to extend the deadline to the 4th July 2017!

The next deadline will no doubt be upon us before we know it, so get your application to us as soon as possible!

Make sure you remember to complete your application and also SUBMIT once you have finished.

Good Luck!





COSP – Accessible and Inclusive Urban Development for All

The Zero Project is very proud to moderate a session during the Forum on Advancing Accessible and Inclusive Urban Development For All, as part of the Conference of State Parties in New York. The session will be held jointly with the Building and Construction Authority, Singapore, Mayor’s Office on Persons with Disability, New York and the former Mayor of City Oslo, Council on Disability.


The session will discuss ways forward to implement the New Urban Agenda and to future promote development to be accessible and inclusive for all.  We hope to see you there!


Disability-inclusive employment strategies – Zero Project Side Event at COSP

We are pleased to be co-hosting a second side-event at the Conference of State Parties in New York. On Wednesday 14th June at 10:00, Martin Essl will be joined on the panel by representatives of the Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology, the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh, Access Israel and the National Council on Disabilities Strategies in Educador.

The event will discuss the importance on employment to empower persons with disabilities and it’s potential to contribute in reducing poverty, in line with this years’ High-Level Political Forum topic.

The side event takes place in Conference Room E of the United Nations Headquarters.




Scaling-up Side Event at the CoSP co-hosted by the Zero Project

We are Excited to be hosting a side event at the Conference of State Parties on Scaling-Up and Multi-stakeholder-Dialogues, jointly with Harvard Law School Project on Disability, Beit Issie Shapiro, EASPD and Handicap International.

The event will present practical examples of multi-stakeholder partnerships that have successfully supported models to grow from a local to a national level, promoting systematic change.

The event will take place on Tuesday June 13th at 10:00 and is open for anybody already registered for the Conference of State Parties. We look forward to seeing you there!


#ZeroCall18 WEBINAR!

We are pleased to announce the date for the Zero Project 2018 nominations webinar. This online, interactive presentation, hosted by the staff of the Zero Project will take place on 7th June 2017 13:30 Central European Summer Time (12:30 Central European Time).

You will learn how to use the brand new nomination system, how to make a nomination that really catches the eye of the voting panels, and get a deeper understanding of what topics we are seeking applications in. You will also have the opportunity to ask all your questions directly to the Zero Project team by using the chat function.

Places are limited, so please register your interest by emailing us at office@zeroproject.org to book your space and receive further details for how to tune in!

Zero Project: Call for Nominations for Innovative Practices opens next week!

This year it is accessibility! The Zero Project Call for Nominations is almost ready and will be launched early next week. As always, we are searching for Innovative Practices worldwide and ask you to nominate Practices – products, services, projects, start-ups, solutions, technologies, devices, apps etc. – that make the lives and environments for persons with disabilities more accessible! Anyone can nominate any Practice – so start thinking of what you will nominate. The countdown is on!

Die Geschichte von Jana Bigger: Mitarbeiterin im Recovery Team von IKEA in Hamburg

„Ich montiere Möbel, völlig selbständig.“

Jana Bigger ist eine gehörlose Beschäftigte im Recovery-Team. Sie erzählt von den Anfängen: „Für alle war es eine spannende und neue Situation, der offen begegnet wurde. Denn schließlich war die Situation für alle neu.“ Für Jana Bigger war das alles kein Problem. Sie hat vorher in der Werkstatt gearbeitet und Lust, sich einer neuen Herausforderung zu stellen. Schon in der Praktikumszeit merkte sie, wie viel Spaß ihr die Arbeit macht.

„Ich montiere Möbel. Das mache ich vollkommen selbständig. Das Gute ist, das alles bebildert ist und ich so die Arbeitsvorgänge unkompliziert kennenlernen kann. Sollte es doch noch eine Frage geben, weil vielleicht eine Zeichnung spiegelverkehrt ist, dann ist immer ein Ansprechpartner da. Egal ob es direkt von Ikea oder von alsterarbeit jemand ist.“

Jana Bigger fühlt sich wohl. Nach einiger Zeit hat sie auch andere Tätigkeiten übernommen und betont: „Selbständigkeit ist mir wichtig und das wird mir hier geboten. Ich fahre ja auch alleine mit den Ö entlichen Verkehrsmitteln zur Arbeit, dabei wohne ich außerhalb Hamburgs! Hier bei Ikea bin ich voll akzeptiert. Ich gehöre dazu.“

Einen Wunsch hat Frau Bigger, sie würde sich über mehr gehörlose Kollegen freuen. Ein zweites gehörloses Teammitglied gibt es schon, nun kann Jana in ihrer Muttersprache kommunizieren.

Hier können Sie mehr über Alsterarbeit’s Arbeit mit IKEA lessen.